My poor children don't understand why she won't say "hello" in return. I can't quite understand it either. I tell them that she is rejecting our love for her. Over the Christmas season, we baked and delivered goodies to all of our neighbors. Her door was the last door we knocked on, and I warned the children that she probably wouldn't answer. But we tried anyway, and then layed our card and package down on the front chair, saying loudly, "Merry Christmas. We are leaving you a treat!" I also warned them that she might return the gift (as she has done before), and sure enough, the next day the loaf of coffee cake and card were on our front porch.
Needless to say, I've wanted to give up multiple times, thinking, "Well, we tried, and it's her choice to reject our love. We're done." But for the simple fact that Jesus would never do that. The Bible tells us to "not lose heart in well-doing," and "to run the race with endurance," and to "love your neighbor as yourself," not to mention, "love your enemies." Maybe an even closer example is the way we reject Jesus's love for us before He saves us.
So, if you (as I am) are growing weary of doing good, don't. Our reward hardly ever is seen this side of heaven, and who knows what good might come from our perseverance, right? I can only hope that someday our dear little sad neighbor will come to the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. And I'd hate to look back and know that I had given up on her.
|maybe peeking on our neighbors isn't the best way to win them...|
just kidding...this isn't our neighbor, it's someone else's! and there was
a bouncy house on the other side, people!